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By Keisha Lewis. October 29, 2014 - 10:58 am
“Ghost and ghouls, spooks galore. Scary witches at your door. Jack-o’-lanterns shining bright, wishing you a haunting night.”
In honor of the spookiest and most creative season of them all, Hawaii Pacific University invited the public to join the HPU community in a student-lead, free Halloween themed event. The event, which marked HPU and Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) third annual Halloween FunFest took place last Friday, Oct. 24 on Fort Street Mall from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Prior to the event, Kalamalama was able to speak with CAB’s Cultural Event Planner, Norma Joy Agbisit about the upcoming soiree.
Although Agbisit had never had this position before, thanks to her previous years of experience in High School officer roles, she had the capabilities to handle the job. After spending two semesters as a general member, Agbisit ran for the Cultural Events Programmer position.
Agbisit said she, “wanted to become HPU’s Cultural Events Programmer because (she) loved how our school is very diverse and how we have many different cultures.” She wanted to be that “person who planned cultural events that (would) bring everyone together and make people feel connected and be part of HPU’s Ohana.”
Halloween FunFest was clearly left in the capable hands of an individual who loves to plan school wide events and promote school spirit.
In an attempt to make this year’s FunFest different from last year’s, Agbisit and her Halloween FunFest committee looked into new activities for the event. A few activities that were new to this year’s celebration were: flipbooks, caricature drawers, a tarot card reader, and a palm reader. These seemed like a great addition to the costume contest, performance from a national championship winning dance team, DJ/MC, and free food.
Looking back, Agbisit “expected Halloween FunFest to be filled with Halloween spirit by having each club do a Halloween theme booth and having fun activities for students and kids around the Downtown Community,” and at least 500 additional people to attend the event.
There were many in attendance that night, representing all age groups and cultures. Fort Street Mall’s restaurant owners and their families also visited the event, along with other residents who frequent the mall daily. HPU faculty showed their support by dressing up and bringing their families as well.
“Halloween Fun Fest was better than I expected because everyone had great themes for their booth and I was wowed with everyone’s creativeness. I also loved how everyone in their club dressed up as the characters from the themes they (had) chosen,” Agbisit commented afterwards.
With over 20 booths and 300 students in attendance, the booth contest was a great competition between HPU’s clubs. The winning booths for the evening were: Polyglot Toastmasters for the “Spookiest Booth Award,” Future Teacher Associations & Intercultural Teachers Organizations won the “Best Activities and Booth Award” and the joined efforts of the Christian Student Organization, Hawaii Pacific Entrepreneur Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Akamai Advertising won the “Most Original Booth.” All eight clubs won tickets to an upcoming CAB event: movie theatre rent-out for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I.
“On behalf of Campus Activities Board, I would like to thank all of you who attended Halloween FunFest and I hope you had a great time,” said Agbisit. “I would also like to give a shout out to my Campus Activities Board officers, advisors, members and volunteers for all their hard work and commitment to help me make this event successful.”
Photos courtesy of CAB’s Facebook page.